Smart technology is being available today in addition to previous innovations in healthcare and in elderly care. Learning about these advancements can help care providers to assist the elderly care receivers live their lives to the fullest – in other words, quality of life facilitated by innovations and technologies.
A brief look at healthcare technology trends
Radars, wearable digital sensors and smart technology fall alarms – these are just some of the solutions available today for both care providers and care receivers. These sensors can be utilised to track the status of patients remotely and alert the care. Wearable devices as e.g. bracelets, shoes and pendants consistently monitor the activities of the care receiver and trigger an alarm to alert the care providers in case of an emergency.
Moreover, thanks to technological advancements in healthcare, medication robots now exist and can assist elderly patients with their medicine intake. These robots can help track the exact schedule of medicine intake, especially in the case of a care receiver with multiple prescriptions that need to be taken during different times of the day. Individual adjustments are also implemented to fit the specific needs of each care receiver.
Exploring the trends in the alarm industry, and the practical applications in fall alarms for the elderly
Given the arrival of smart technology in the alarm industry, we are now witnessing not only a shift from analogue systems to digital platforms, but also to smart solutions. Generally speaking, smart care is data centric and utilises the information provided by the care receivers to come up with newer and better solutions throughout.
Modern alarm management platforms are also available today – these are platforms that are futureproof and scalable. To put it simply, these platforms can be scaled higher or lower to accommodate the appropriate number of users and also the different devices integrated into the platform. In context of the care industry, these platforms can be adjusted to fit the specific needs of both providers and receivers.
As mentioned earlier, adopting a data-driven approach is today one of the trends to look out for in the alarm industry, particularly in elderly care. With the fast-growing number of solutions and devices being utilised by both care providers and care receivers, the data being collected can be used to study, predict and prevent future patient-specific events from occurring. For example, the data of patients who have been falling a lot more than usual can be used by physicians to study the frequency and the pattern of their falls, which could then help them in identifying the cause and hopefully preventing it from occurring again in the future.
Distributed alarm handling, allowing for anytime, anywhere care is also one of the growing trends in the alarm industry that really emphasises the importance of interconnectivity, interoperability and the availability of data, from patients and care receivers. A practical application of this trend is with modern alarm management platforms with flexible alarm routing.
In other words, the alarms can always be accessed, handled or escalated by anyone in the system – including the relatives of the care receiver, the nearest care workers or even a response centre. This means that care receiver will be attended to straight away, especially in case of an emergency. Another example would be with doctor visits – first time physician visits should be easy and seamless with the concept of anytime, anywhere care, as these doctors will now be able to access the medical history of the patient immediately, thanks to the integration of an interconnected and interoperable platform that securely organises patient data.
Implement these healthcare technology trends today with Skyresponse
Anticipating and implementing healthcare technology trends in the alarm industry requires a scalable, futureproof and powerful platform that will allow care providers to easily integrate these solutions as they are introduced to the market. Skyresponse provides a cloud-based platform with interoperability and interconnectivity in mind, providing users – providers and receivers alike – with a seamless experience that can be tailored to their specific needs.